Glossary beginning with M

Glossary of Print Terms



The non-printed area around the image area of a page.

Metallic Ink

Metallic inks are opaque inks that contain metallic particles to reflect light. Metallic inks are used to give your piece a shine or metallic look not achievable with regular inks. Metallic inks often look most vibrant on a coated sheet.

Metallic Paper

Metallic papers are coated with a thin metallic film that simulates metal.

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This is an acronym for the four process color inks used in 4-color printing: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. Although the K commonly stands for black it does not have to. K is for "Key" plate. The Key plate holds the detail for the printed image, in 4-color printing this is usually black ink.